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Jennifer T. Nijman

Nijman Franzetti LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Jennifer Nijman was formerly a partner and chair of the environmental practice group at the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of Environmental Law and Litigation.

Ms. Nijman has broad experience in litigation defense and enforcement issues, including common law liability and toxic tort, private cost recovery, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, underground storage tanks, and all aspects of CERCLA and the Superfund process. In 2010, she defended a waste company in a seven week jury trial against plaintiffs claiming property damage under common law theories, resulting in a jury verdict for the defense. Her practice includes representing clients at permit and siting proceedings as well as serving as hearing counsel in these proceedings. Ms. Nijman has successfully represented clients in regulatory disputes and negotiations with both state and federal agencies, and has implemented supplemental environmental projects/pollution prevention plans to reduce or eliminate fines and penalties. She counsels clients in compliance issues and in the development of environmental management systems. Ms. Nijman also represents clients in the environmental aspects of significant corporate and real estate transactions and develops strategies for the acquisition and sale of contaminated property. She is a certified mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She served as President of the Chicago Bar Association in 2002-2003.

Ms. Nijman received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987, and her B.A. from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1984. She is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and is admitted to the Illinois and Wisconsin Bar, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.


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